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Newbie here - can this be sciatica?

rhaenyyrrhaenyy Posts: 1
Hi everyone! I know only a doctor can diagnose me, but I won't be able to see a doctor for a few weeks so I'm just looking to see if anyone has similar experiences! I get sharp pain down my right leg, mostly my shin, just above/behind the knee and my hip. The pain is not constant, it's completely random. This happens anytime throughout the day. At night when I lie down, after a little while my right thigh starts to feel like it's on fire. It is only a little bit painful (but very uncomfortable to the point I can hardly sleep) and is mostly on the front and outer side of my thigh. It is burning but skin is not hot to the touch. Also, I get pulsing all over my right thigh. I doubt they are muscle twitches, it feels pretty much like my heartbeat. This is only at night, but during the day I occasionally feel this same pulsing in my hip when I'm sitting. There was a one-time occurence a few days ago when I brushed my hand against the top of my thigh and it felt like a huge electric jolt. I only ever get back pain at night too, and only when lying on my back. It's very sharp and it's around my sacrum. Not constant, just every once in a while.
I am so conflicted as I know sciatica runs down the back of leg but I have many front leg symptoms (mostly the stabbing shin pain and nighttime thigh burning). But it still feels like a spinal problem. As I said I will see my doctor as soon as I can but just wondering if anyone has any input. My main questions are:
Is it normal that the pain is not constant, just comes and goes?
Is the pulse/heartbeat feeling possibly nerve related? I don't have high blood pressure or any heart issues.
Any sort of input is very much welcome. I am terrified of what this could be. :(
Thank you.


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  • That doesn't sound like classic sciatica pain according to what I have read. It's typically in your lower back or buttock and shoots down the back of your leg to the knee where it may or may not curve around to the side of your calf to your foot. That's how it presents In me but I am of course not a doctor. I also have had bursitis and IT band syndrome develop because of my sciatica, the limp it caused and strain on other parts of the leg. And I get a burning pain on the front of my thigh that none of my docs can explain. I read somewhere it could be a sign of nerve irritation in the spine. I've been told to try ice and ibuprofen. Hope you get some answers soon!
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